Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Bud’s Aunt Betty Rocks More Than Your Aunt Betty!

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - by Bob Payne
Aunt Betty Rocks Bud's Sportsbar This Weekend!
Aunt Betty Rocks Bud's Sportsbar This Weekend!
- photo by Aunt Betty Facebook Page

I think the first time I saw Aunt Betty was at a benefit, for Roger Carlton I think, at Bud’s Sportsbar on Brainerd Road. She’s not like any Aunt Betty I ever met. She will rock your socks off and your face. No, Aunt Betty is not a little old lady with a cane or a walker – Aunt Betty is a rock band, and a darn good one at that.

If you like Van Halen, Poison, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, AC/DC, and other “hair” bands of the 80’s and 90’s, then you will love Aunt Betty. A power trio, these guys know how to rock and know how to get the crowd going. I believe two are from Atlanta and one is from North Georgia. They carry great vocals, excellent rock guitar work, a fine bass guitar, and a genuine rock drummer. Bony, Package, and Diggler are their names, and rock & roll is their game. There is no Clyde or Walter or Ethan here.

They generally carry their own light guy and employ local sound man Josh Wagner from Noise Boys Pro Audio, so they get the show they want every time. (Link To Noiseboys Pro Audio)  One great thing about an Aunt Betty show – girls love them. You can count on a slew of women-folk up front dancing away. That translates into more fun for the band, more fun for the guys, and more money for the venue. They have a Facebook page at

You can see Aunt Betty at Bud’s Sportsbar about one weekend a month. Their next visit is this weekend! As always, there is no cover charge at Bud’s and the food and service is the best. They have the best baked potato on the planet Earth, and their salads are always fresh and served with excellent dressing. My favorite is the French dressing. You can get anything from a hamburger (one of Chattanooga’s best) to Wings to a Steak, and everything in between. I really like their Prime Rib and also their hand breaded Chicken Fingers. The “Bud’s Girls” are the best! Service is always great at Bud’s and when they are open, the kitchen is open. You can order off the menu anytime! For more information and the calendar of events, menu, and specials – go to

Nightfall this week features Allen Stone, which is big news in itself, but the really big news is the opener – Smooth Dialects. They have become one of my favorite bands and I believe them to be as powerful a force as any headliner at Nightfall this year. With a great Nightfall crowd, look for a very special and excellent performance from this talented group. After Nightfall, Smooth Dialects will head over to JJ’s Bohemia for a special encore show.

My friend Roger Alan Wade will be at T-Bones Saturday night, so if you want the best BBQ in town, coupled with one of the finest singer/songwriters in America, head to Main Street and catch a free show!

For local music info, try or They both have great local music info and schedules. For local info on Country music, try Jim Boles’ site

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Bob Payne
Bob Payne
- Photo2 by Aunt Gertrude

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